Why I stopped writing
It’s been about a year since my last post for The Trek, about 10 months since I climbed Katahdin on a beautiful August morning, and about a year and a half since I made a New Year’s resolution to keep writing this blog during my thru hike.
So, why did I break that resolution? Why did I stop writing?
I remember one evening, probably somewhere in Virginia. It had been a long but wonderful day, full of green and fresh air. I climbed into my tent after a meal of Annie’s mac-and-cheese, and pulled out my journal to draft my next post.
I had all these amazing memories swirling around in my head…and the words just wouldn’t come. How do I explain my feelings, emotions, and experiences to other people when I can barely articulate them to myself? Maybe other hikers have experienced this, maybe not. For me, there was something so special and so undefinable about what I was experiencing during my hike, and I didn’t quite know how to translate that into words.
Ultimately, I made the decision to invest in the moment instead of struggling to capture my feelings in writing. There’s this incredible community of people on the trail, and I found myself spending more time with them talking and reminiscing and just living in this moment that we had created for ourselves.
I began this hike for me. While I ended up sharing it with many other fantastic people, its effect on me and the growth I felt and experienced remain mine. I’ve realized since I summited Katahdin that stopping this blog was right for me at the time. Now, perhaps, I can begin writing again, for myself and for others.
This post is short. Perhaps evidence that I don’t quite know yet how to begin again. I guess I just need to be patient. My trail legs will come with time, patience, and perseverance.
What do you think? Did you keep up with a blog on your last hike? Share your story in the comments!
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